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Bright Lights, Big Ass

Bright Lights, Big Ass

Do you dream that city life is all about stilettos and cocktail hours? Jen Lancaster says think again. All illusions about city dwelling are gone in her new book, ?Bright Lights, Big Ass’. No longer living her fabulous penthouse-style ways Lancaster looks at life in a new light. Now she is more like the rest of us with her pajama-clad days, house hunting weekends, and her tireless search for the perfect temporary job. Lancaster is witty and charming in this latest memoir. Her usual no-holds barred approach to her days shines through on each page. The short stories and blurbs about menacing squirrels, mass-transit debacles, and her love for all things Target are easily relatable. ?Bright Lights’ is sharp and fun. Lancaster dishes out the sarcasm continuously as she writes about her first year as a published author.

This second book by Lancaster deals more with the everyday life of the author unlike debut novel ?Bitter’ which chronicled her downward spiral into unemployment and eviction. One feels excited for her as she describes the joy at seeing her first published book sitting on a bookstore shelf. She notes with dismay that her everyday world ceases to change despite brisk book sales. A book deal does not equal carte blanche on expensive shoes. For Jen it means finding temporary office work to pay the bills. She still can’t get her landlord to repair her leaky kitchen ceiling and her husband, Fletch, is obsessed with Rachel Ray. She dispels the Carrie Bradshaw type myth that it is all fun and drinks in the city and more akin to parking tickets and trips to Trader Joe’s grocery store. Lancaster’s second book reads just like her popular blog, Jennslyvania. In fact, many of its pages come directly from her daily posts making it a quick, easy, and laugh out loud summer read.

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  • didama By didama
    06.23.07  

    This sounds like such a fun summer read. I love authors who dispel the "Sex In the City" lifestyle. As an ex-Manhattanite I can say first hand that life was not all Cosmos and Manolos! It's nice to see read a real woman's NYC story.

  • linzipruitt By linzipruitt
    07.09.07  

    After reading the title of Jen Lancaster's new book, I had to wonder if she was referring to me? I'm kidding, of course! There aren't a whole lot of bright lights in my town. :)

  • dezigner1 By dezigner1
    07.10.07  

    Could be a very entertaining read. My friends and I can definitely relate to this author's style and sense of humor. Love her no-holds barred approach. I haven't read her before but her books could be right up there with Leslie Schnur and Janet Evanovich, both of whom never disappoint.

  • momofthreebigboys By momofthreebigboys
    11.02.07  

    This book was just silly. I loved it and cant wait to read her sequel.

  • tery1971tj By tery1971tj
    11.13.07  

    I read this book It really made me laugh I loved it

  • cher1011 By cher1011
    01.17.08  

    I'll have to check it out, love Janet Evanovich so if it's funny I'm sure I'll enjoy the book.

  • cupi26 By cupi26
    04.14.08  

    i have read this and her other one she has out. i feel like her in so many ways can relate to her. i highly recommend it!

  • balitheike By balitheike
    07.23.08  

    Sounds like an awesome read, can't wait to check this out! I especially love that this is Chicago related since I've lived there for several years!

  • chochie1 By chochie1
    08.13.08  

    This sounds like a great read with a nice lighthearted approach. It's nice to see someone write about some real reality instead of a glamourized life in the big city.

  • jadedray By jadedray
    09.27.08  

    Sounds like a great day on the beach read, I've recently discovered the fun of these types of books, so for me they are enchanting in that "new" kind of way. I'm only now at a point where i can truly appreciate the humor of womans situations, illusions and realities.

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